As we gear you up for another exciting and busy travelling season, we begin with a countdown of the Liberty Park Press top-5 airports to land in the world. Criteria for selection include scenery, excitement and of course reputation.
At number five, we have to go with an old favorite that singer Tony Bennett is still crooning about after leaving his most vital organ in the city by the Bay so many years ago. Yes, the approach into San Francisco’s International Airport is a breathtaking contrast between the surf of the Pacific and the hills of the city and the suburbs. From three of the four directions, the iconic Golden Gate bridge welcomes in the weary traveler and Treasure Island and Alcatraz make-up a good supporting cast. Flying from the South, the descent over Half Moon Bay and crossing the Santa Cruz Mountains before instantly being struck with the backdrop of the full cityscape, completely captures the senses.
As the airport is located directly on the Bay, the final low altitude approach over the waves is a bit nerve wracking, especially in the presence of cross-winds where even the most experienced flight crew is wary that even the slightest errors can equate to a water landing.
VIDEO: Landing in SFO Aboard A 747